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Flying Solo

Author(s): Wade J. McMahan

Short Story

From the twisted mind of Wade J. McMahan (author of "Bite This! A Richard Dick Mystery") comes another hilarious short story. Larry the hairy-legged Fairy gets called up on the carpet by the Queen's representative, Rupert the Low. A meeting of the two minds at a local Bug Bar, however, is about to change the situation. You'll never look at stories about Fairies the same way again!


It was growing late when Larry flew into the swirling nightlife at the Fairyland Bar and Grill. He glanced around the dim, neon-lighted room, and finally spotted Rupert seated alone at a table in the rear. Larry winged above the noisy patrons to join him.

Sorry Im late, Rupert, he said as he reversed his wings, and descended into a chair. The chick I was with wouldnt take no for an answer, if you catch my drift.

Hmm, yes, I see, thats quite all right, Rupert replied, although clearly it wasnt. One simply didnt keep an official of the Fairyland Royal House waiting. He was sporting an immaculate royal purple tunic and deerskin leggings, a solid gold skullcap crested his dome. Ruperts diminutive Fairy wings stood erect in an officious manner, his distaste for their surroundings evident, as he continued, It was very kind of you to agree to meet with me on short notice, although I cannot say much for your choice of settings. Really, Larrya Bug Bar? You realize, I hope, that you and I are the only Fairies in this sordid place?

Larry shrugged, Its not up to the standards of the Palace, but its all right. You oughta be here for karaoke night. Its quite a show. Whatre you drinking?

Nectar, thank you. Rupert prided himself on his impeccable manners.

Nectar? Youve gotta be shitting me. I didnt know they even served that here. Larry turned in his chair, and shouted over the din, Hey Larry, a couple of beers over here!

Beer? Thank you, Larry, but I never touch alcohol.

Come on, a social drink wont hurt will it?

Well, if I must, I must. Perhaps one beer.

Larry promptly arrived with the two beers after weaving his way through the milling crowd. He hadnt spilled a drop, a remarkable achievement when you stop to think about it. Crickets hop in a quite erratic manner, you know.

Larry was reaching for coins in his tunic pocket when Rupert stopped him, Dont bother yourself, this evenings expenses will be covered by the Royal House. Bartender, please make out an invoice and send it over to the Queens Palace, if you please.

Yeah? Who says so? Larry growled.

I do, I am the Queens representative, Rupert the Low.

Got any ID?

Let it go, Larry, Larry interjected. Ill vouch for him.

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ISBN (Electronic): 978-1-4524-9459-3
Genre: Fantasy
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Publisher: Untreed Reads

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